New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 31, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
2 □ Herald-Zeitung Cl Wednesday, January 31, 1996Obituaries
detect Medicaid fraud, other abuses
By JUAN B. ELIZONDO Jr.
Associated Press Writer
AUSTIN (AP) — A computer system used by Visa International to detect fraudulent credit card purchases is being “trained” to track fraud and abuse in the Texas Medicaid system.
State Comptroller John Sharp and an Austin firm designing the system announced the plan Tuesday.
The system could start reporting fraudulent or abusive claims as soon as April, and expected to be fully in place by September. It will be the first time Such advanced technology is used to detect waste and fraud in a state Medicaid system.
The “learning” computer technology iriso was used in Desert Storm. It takes historical information, in this case past Medicaid reimbursement claims filed by doctors.
The computer studies patterns in the thousands of records — such as the cost of certain procedures, the number of times they arc performed and the number of times average patients are seen — and singles out filings that do
not follow set patterns.
As the system is fed more information. it applies new patterns without being reprogrammed, thus learning how Medicaid claims should be filed and detecting irregular claims.
Most fraud cases investigated by the Texas Department of Health now are discovered through tips from consumers and care providers, Sharp said.
“What we are talking about is building a ‘smart bomb' for Medicaid fraud, waste and abuse,” he said.
Texas is estimated to lose $2 billion to such abuse in the current two-year budget. By comparison, only $2 million is budgeted to fight Medicaid fraud.
Sharp and the co-founders of Bcrkom USA said the aim of the project is to detect up to 50 percent of fraudulent or abusive claims in the $20 billion Texas Medicaid system.
Visa cut its fraud losses by 17 percent in 1094 from $93.9 million in 1993 to $77.9 million. During the same period, other credit card companies saw fraud increase by 13 percent, Sharp said.
Candidate To Play ‘Name’ Game
AUSTIN (AP) — One of the men seeking to replace the most famous name on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals is also using a famous name.
Judge Sam Houston-Clinton, who happens to have one of the most politically attractive names in Texas, is stepping down at the end of the year after 18 years on the state’s .highest criminal court.
One of the candidates who wants to replace Clinton on the court is James C. Boone, a Palestine attorney, who has asked that he be listed on the ballot as James “Daniel” Boone.
The attempt has led some people to suggest that Boone, a Republican, has come up with the nickname to give himself an edge with voters.
Nine candidates — seven Republicans and two Democrats — are running for his Place I seat.
Trial off Kidnap Slaying Suspect To Be Moved
CONROE, Texas (AP) — The capital murder trial of a man accused in the abduction murder of 12-year-old McKay Everett will be moved from Montgomery County because of pre-trial publicity.
District Judge Fred Edwards on Tuesday granted the motion for a change of venue for the trial of Hilton Crawford, but said he will wait until next week to announce where the trial will be moved.
Defense lawyers argued that pretrial publicity was so pervasive, inflammatory and prejudicial that Crawford could not get a fair trial in Conroe.
“I think the prevailing attitude in this community is, ‘Let’s keep the trial here so we can kill him here,’” defense attorney Rick Stover of Conroe told the judge.
Prosecutors Mike Aduddell and Nancy Neff opposed the change of venue, citing a survey of I HO local residents in which two-thirds of those who filled out a questionnaire said Crawford could get a fair tnal in the county.
Teen*Ager Gets Probation For Killing Man Who Sexually Abused Him
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A teenager described as suffering from battered child syndrome has been given probation after being convicted of killing a man he said had been sexually abusing him for about two years.
Mike Harwood, 17, was accused of shooting 26-year-old John Burwell 12 times under the chin with a .22-caliber nile.
Jurors Tuesday convicted Harwood, who was 16 at the time of the shooting, on the lesser offense of voluntary manslaughter. He had been charged with murder and could have faced up to 99 years in prison.
District Judge Susan Reed set punishment at IO years probation and a $10,000 fine.
Defense lawyer John Rowland called Burwell a "predatory pedophile” who used alcohol to intoxicate his victims into submission.
R»ev«« Convicted, Gels 35-Year Prison Term In Second Wife's 1978 •laying
GATESVILLE, Texas (AP) — A retired Army master sergeant has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for the 1978 shotgun murder of his second wife — the first of three spouses to
meet untimely deaths.
Jurors deliberated for just over an hour before convicting Jack Reeves Tuesday morning of murdering Sharon Reeves. Jurors spent about two hours before passing the sentence shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Reeves, 55, bowed his head and sighed upon hearing the verdict. Defense attorney Wes Ball said he was “pretty much stunned” by the verdict and punishment.
“Mr. Reeves has always professed his innocence to me, and I believe him,” he said.
John Curtis Cole III
John Curtis Cole III, of Marion, passed away Monday, Jan. 29 in New Braunfels at the age of 48. He is survived by his wife, Mavis Odeene Cole, of Marion; daughters, Jamie and Jessica Cole, of Marion; son, Seth Cole, of Marion; and a sister, Arlene Johnson and her husband, James, of Andice, Texas. A funeral service will be held Thursday, Feb. I, 1996 at 2 p.m. at Zoeller Funeral Home with interment following at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Marion. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. Wednesday until service time Thursday. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Johnnie Franklin Bobac
Johnnie Franklin Bohac, of Granger, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 30, 1996 at the age of 56. A lifelong resident of Granger, he was a water/waste superintendent employed by the city for ten years. He was a veteran of the Air Force Reserve and was a member of the Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church. A graduate of Texas A&M. Mr. Bohac was a member of the KJT, Sons of Hermann, Knights of Columbus, Granger VFD and the American Legion.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Bohac, of Granger; daughter, Kay Bohac, of College Station; sons, Johnnie Michael Bohac, of Granger, Thomas Bohac and Missy, of Flo-
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A rosary will be recited Wednesday, Jan. 31, 1996 at 7:30 p.m. at the Goodnight Funeral Home Chapel/Knights of Columbus after the rosary. A funeral service will be held Thursday, Feb. I, 1996 at IO a.m. at the Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church with interment following at the Holy Cross Cemetery. Msgr. Ed Rabroker and Rev. Isidore Rozycki will officiate the services.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church or Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic School.
Arrangements are with the Goodnight Funeral Home, 512-352-3636.
Edgar C. Blankenbeckler, of Cibolo, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 30, 1996 at McKenna Memorial Hospital at the age of 72. He was bom June 3, 1923 in San Antonio to Egbert Carson and Annie Mae (Johnson) Blankenbeckler and married Esther Manning on Oct. 28, 1942 in San Antonio. A New Braunfels and Cibolo area resident for 8 years, he was retired after 45 years in the coin-operated phonograph business and retired from See-
burg Phonograph Manufacturing. He served in the Army Air Corps during WWII and was a member of the Methodist faith.
Survivors include his wife, Esther M. Blankenbeckler, of Cibolo; daughter, Pam Blankenbeckler, of New Braunfels; son, Mark Blankenbeckler and wife Liz, of New Braunfels; and three grandchildren, Christopher, Misty and Brandon.
A memorial service will be held Friday, Feb. 2, 1996 at I p.m. at Oakwood Baptist Church in New Braunfels with Rev. Ray Still officiating. Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association. There will be no visitation at the funeral home.
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Ray Biedermann, of New Braunfels, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 30, 1996, at Audie L. Murphy Veterans Hospital in San Antonio at the age of 85 years.
He was born Oct.. 13, 1910, in Rowena, Texas, to Paul August Biedermann and Annie (Seidel) Biedermann. He married Helen Simecek July ll, 1934, at Orange Grove, Texas. A 50-year New Braunfels resident, Biedermann was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. He was an Opa Emeritus of the Wurstfest Association, a charter member of the Knights of Columbus, a life member of the Elks Lodge and a member of VFW Post 7110. Biedermann served in World War II.
He is survived by daughter Gayle Scheel and husband Allen of Seguin; sons Donald Biedermann and wife Lessie of Cincinnati, Ohio, David Biedermann and wife Sandy of Riviera, Texas, Jim Biedermann and wife Sue of New Braunfels; sister Anita Hoelzel of Alice, Texas; 12 grandchildren and IO great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Simecek Biedermann, on Jan. 30, 1994, having been married for 59 years.
Funeral mass will be Thursday, Feb. I, 1996, IO a.m. at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church with Msgr. Eugene O’Callaghan celebrant. Entombment will be at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Mausoleum. Pallbearers will be Don Jackson, Ricky Cardenas, Arlon “Butch” Ott, Russell Voll-brecht, John Newton and Clinton Acker. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Wednesday at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home. A Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic School Trust Fund or to St. James Catholic School in Seguin.
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Funeral arrangements are pending at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home in New Braunfels for George T. Reaves, who died at Live Oak on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 1996, at the age of 64 years.
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God bless all of you. Thank you for being in our lives. Sincerely,
Jodi, Mike and Dawn Coulter
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